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Mon Sep 5 2016 (Updated 09/07/16)Protection of Sacred Sites Leads to Clash with Dakota Access Pipeline Security
Mon Sep 5 2016 (Updated 09/07/16)Water Protectors Call for Additional Supporters, Global Solidarity Actions September 3-17
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an emergency motion on September 4 for a temporary restraining order to prevent further destruction of the Tribe’s sacred sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline. On the previous day, Water protectors clashed with security to successfully stop pipeline construction and some were viciously attacked by guard dogs. Protest camps have issued a global call for solidarity actions to be held September 3-17. In the Bay Area, solidarity actions will take place in Sacramento on Wednesday, September 7 and San Francisco on Thursday, September 8.
“On Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners brazenly used bulldozers to destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II said. “They did this on a holiday weekend, one day after we filed court papers identifying these sacred sites. The desecration of these ancient places has already caused the Standing Rock Sioux irreparable harm. We’re asking the court to halt this path of destruction.”
After the initial destruction Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline returned to the area and dug up additional grounds in the pre-dawn hours Sunday, Archambault said. The motion seeks to prevent additional construction work on an area two miles west of North Dakota Highway 1806, and within 20 miles of Lake Oahe until a judge rules on the Tribe’s previous motion to stop construction. That motion is based on the Standing Rock Sioux’s assertion that it was not properly consulted before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fast-tracked approval of the pipeline project. A decision on the case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is expected by Sept. 9.
Red Warrior Camp and Sacred Stone Camp write: We are calling for ALL water warriors around the world to come stand with us. If you are not able to join us physically, we ask that you join us in prayer and commit to our Weeks of Global Solidarity Actions from September 3-17, 2016.
Read More: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks temporary restraining order against Dakota Access Pipeline | Statement from Standing Rock Sioux chairman on temporary restraining order ruling | Who's Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline? | New Investigation Names Wall Street Banks Behind $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline | ACLU of North Dakota Statement on Excessive Use of Force Against Pipeline Protesters | Protection of Sacred Sites Leads to Clash with Dakota Access Private Security | Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe demands answers from North Dakota state leadership after attack on peaceful protesters | Standing Rock Sioux Tribe condemns destruction and desecration of burial grounds by Energy Transfer Partners | Water protectors successfully stop pipeline construction, call for additional supporters
Wednesday, September 7: Dakota Access Citibank Protest (Sacramento)
Thursday, September 8: No DAPL Press Conference (San Francisco) | NoDAPL Solidarity Rally/March - No Pipelines (San Francisco)
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